The Executive Job Search

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Don't sell yourself short—get the job that suits your goals

If you're a seasoned executive who's been hit hard by the recent wave of downsizing, you need to prepare yourself effectively for the rigors of the job market. The Executive Job Search is an indispensable guide to taking charge of your job search in today's competitive environment. Career expert Orrin Wood offers proven strategies and insights for experienced professionals on all aspects of the search—from getting off ...

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The Executive Job Search: A Comprehensive Handbook for Seasoned Professionals: A Comprehensive Handbook for Seasoned Professionals

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Overview

Don't sell yourself short—get the job that suits your goals

If you're a seasoned executive who's been hit hard by the recent wave of downsizing, you need to prepare yourself effectively for the rigors of the job market. The Executive Job Search is an indispensable guide to taking charge of your job search in today's competitive environment. Career expert Orrin Wood offers proven strategies and insights for experienced professionals on all aspects of the search—from getting off to the right start and preparing a top-flight resume to improving selling skills and evaluating offers. You'll discover how to present yourself in the best possible light while you brush up on blind prospecting, approach recruiters, and get the most out of the Internet. Wood also provides you with a gold mine of checklists and techniques designed to help you make better use of your time, hone your decision-making skills, and ultimately land an offer that's in line with your needs and interests at this crucial stage of your career.

  • Determine your job goals and conduct a highly focused search
  • Improve your attractiveness to potential employers
  • Optimize your interviewing skills
  • Mine your contacts for an aggressive, effective networking campaign
  • Explore alternative career options and plan for the future
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071409421
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 3/21/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,204,372
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Orrin Wood runs a successful, Boston-based outplacement firm. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and founder of the Harvard Business School Association of Boston job counseling workshop.

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Table of Contents

Preface: How to Find What You're Looking For
Acknowledgments
1 Getting Perspective 1
2 Getting Off to a Good Start 13
3 Determining Your Job Goals 21
4 The Job Search from the Employer's Side of the Desk 45
5 Improving Your Attractiveness to Employers 55
6 Making Your Resume an Effective Tool 67
7 Networking 87
8 Blind Prospecting 111
9 The Visible Market 121
10 "Job Hunting Is Selling Yourself" 131
11 Preparing for Interviews 141
12 Improving Your Interview Effectiveness 149
13 Conducting an Effective Search 163
14 Evaluating Offers and Making the Final Decision 183
15 Should You Make a Job Change? (If You Have a Choice) 195
16 Alternative Careers 211
17 Making the New Job and Your Future a Success 229
Send in for Additional Tips 241
Index 243
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2004

    Important Value for Every Seasoned Professional

    Having experienced firsthand the sage advice of Orrin Wood in my own transition from corporate America to business entrepreneur, I applaud the publication of his second book. Recognizing how the landscape for the executive job hunt has changed, Mr. Wood provides important insights into the varied campaigns the successful candidate should undertake in this search. From thinking out of the box in developing your network of contacts, to understanding the power and the limitations of the internet, to setting critical hurdles for yourself ¿ this book will challenge you to discipline and challenge yourself in this journey. This is the seasoned professional¿s ¿no holes barred¿ handbook for negotiating the landscape for the ¿next chapter¿. There are immediate and life lessons to be learned from this important book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2004

    Wonderful, written by someone that truly understands the difficulty of a job search

    Working in the high tech business for more than 40 years, I've experienced job transitioning several times, often as a painful journey. Orrin Wood,in his latest book, has brought together all the job search tactics which took me four decades to acquire. I especially enjoyed reading the chapter on networking and the useful tips on being alert to hidden job possibiities. Had this specifi gudance been available to me in years past, my own job searches would have been much less difficult. Executive Job Search is an outstanding manual/guide for most levels of job hunters, even those not actively seeking new employment. I have recommended it to friends and clients alike

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2004

    The Executive Job Search by Orrin Wood

    This book is the most comprehensive guide through the intricacies of the job search process that I have ever found. It methodically walks the reader through the complete executive job search process. Actually, to say it is comprehensive is an understatement. Orrin Wood starts at the very beginning prior to departing from one's current position, he proceeds to literally dissect the whole search process itself, finishing with the eventual adjustment period in the new job and beyond. It is rich with examples and step-by-step instructions on how to develop the necessary material for a successful job search. Then, to ensure successful use of the material just generated, Orrin Wood carefully alerts the reader to the many subtle pitfalls at various points in the search process, and the do's & don'ts to avoid them. In addition, applicable outside resources have been inserted throughout the book, making it an ideal primary guide during the job search. This book is a 'must-read' for any executive who is realistic about the uncertainties in today's marketplace!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2003

    The Executive Job Search is the most complete, easy to read, practical, hands-on job change book I have read.

    I have been through job transition three times. The section, Checklist for Evaluating your Campaign, was especially helpful to maintain my momentum and feel I was making progress. I had plenty of opportunity to practice the short section, Dealing with Rejection, and several times received valuable information and referrals after being told 'NO.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2003

    Upbeat but realistic advice to jump start a job search

    Looking for practice advice? This book has it! Step-by-step advice on such job-search challenges as networking will be especially helpful to the professional and manager who have not been in the market recently. Realistic about age discrimination and other issues of this tight job market.

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